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Farmstand Gossip: Upcoming Events and Summer Classes and Opportunities

Updated: May 25

Upcoming Events:

Monday May 27, 2024: Memorial Day Minicamp registration ends 24 hours prior to the start of camp. Don't miss out!

Saturday June 8, 2024 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Sunrise Music hosts:

The Forryst Bruthers: James Wallace, Aaron Oliva and Mark Simonsen

James Wallace, Aaron Oliva and Mark Simonsen have been creatively involved with hundreds of musical projects regionally and abroad. Aaron and Mark met in the infancy of the burgeoning North Carolina music scene that earned Chapel Hill comparisons to Seattle and other creative rock and roll hotspots. They toured the United States with Flyin' Mice throughout the 1990's. James and Mark have been playing music together since 2003 when they helped originate the band "The Old Ceremony." Since that time, they have played together in various outfits including The Dogwoods (with Andrew and Emily from Mandolin Orange), Phil Cook and the Guitarheels, The Dead Tongues and The Sundowners. Their music is "country-soul" inspired by songwriters from the seventies like Jim Ford and Eric Kaz.

Come join us for great music which is good for all generations -- bring the whole family! The first set will be music which is aimed towards children (and still great for adults!) and the second set will be "general goodtime" music for everyone! No cover charge. Refreshments and snacks will be available. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted to allow us to continue to support our local musicians.

Monday June 3, 2024 10:30 am - 11:30 am Story time with Animals

This story is about a kitten who learns a very special lesson.

We will read a book, meet and interact with real farm animals, and do a simple craft! Parents/adults are free to this event. Kid participants $8 each, which includes a farm visit for them and their adult(s). You are welcome to come in as early as 10 am and stay until 12:30 to explore the farm. Add on a pony ride for an additional $10 for some extra fun!

Sunday June 16, 2024 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Community Potluck dinner and Music by Tim Stambaugh and Friends.

Come join us for a community potluck dinner and music for Father's Day! Bring Dad (or anyone else) out for a relaxed evening, good company, great music and and some farm fun! Tim and Friends play Americana music which is good for all generations and has its roots in country, folk, blues, soul, bluegrass, gospel and rock! No charge for this event, just bring some food to share and tips for the band (they aren't charging us for the music). Food and socializing will start at 5 pm. Music will start around 6 pm.

Summer Camp starts June 17th. Secure your spots!

We still have open spots in our Farm Camps and a limited number left in our Horse Immersion Camps. Activities in Farm Camp include small animal care (chickens, bunnies, turkeys, ducks, pigs etc.), creative expressions (visual, musical or performance arts), nature hikes, wilderness survival skills, gardening, farm to table, fishing, archery and horses (including riding). Every child in our camps will have opportunities to ride a horse or pony during the week. For those who love horses and want to spend the entire day with horses, we have Horse Immersion Camps. Our Horse Immersion camps are designed for those with a strong riding foundation (confident and independent on any of our horses) so that they can learn more advanced skills and reach a higher level of knowledge about horses. We include more advanced riding instruction and lessons in groundwork and horse training. We also teach about horse health, care and feeding. All of our camps focus on learning while having fun. We learn not only about the things around us, but about ourselves and how to effectively work together with others. We have themes for each day of the week. Every morning, we gather and have an interactive discussion about the theme of the day (the Morning Talk.) Throughout the day, we reflect on how the theme of the day relates to the activities that we are enjoying at camp. At the end of each camp day we gather again to acknowledge each other and ourselves for accomplishments and positive actions from the day (Acknowledgments.) We also take this time to review how the theme of the day was incorporated into our experiences.

Here are our daily themes:

Monday = Partnership

Tuesday = Communication

Wednesday = Goal Setting

Thursday = Personal Responsibility

Friday = Breakdowns and Breakthroughs

Enrichment Classes: summer afternoon classes

Enrichment classes start after the end of a regular camp day. Most start at 3:30 pm. Some last 1 hour, and some are up to 2 hours long. If you are enrolling a camper in an enrichment class which starts at 3:30 pm, we can make sure that they get to their class. If you need additional care for after their class ends, please add extended care to your campers day for that day. We just loaded most of our enrichment classes on our website, so go ahead and sign up now, before the spots are taken! These classes are open to the public, not just our campers.

This year, our enrichment classes include:

archery (3:30-4:30 pm Thursdays) $25/class

farm to table (3:30-5:00 pm Wednesdays) $25/class

fishing (3:30-5:00 pm Mondays and Wednesdays) $25/class

horse lessons (3:30 pm and 4:30 pm weekdays) $50/class

woodshop (3:30-5:30 pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays) $35/class

Adults want to have fun at the farm as well! Here are some of our classes and opportunities for adults:

For Health: Yoga on Sunday mornings. No charge, but donations at the door are welcome.

For Fresh Produce lovers: our garden is starting to bear fruit (literally) and vegetables. Come out and pick your own! Currently we have mulberries, blueberries, blackberries, kale, lettuce, green onions, fresh garlic (still a little green), cilantro, dill, mint, swiss chard and sugar snap peas. We have a limited amount of carrots and beets, with more maturing soon. U-pick can be done on Saturdays during our Open Farm hours, or if you are picking up a child from a lesson or from one of our programs (after school or camp), just let us know that you would like to pick your own produce. Prices vary according to the item. Sometimes we have produce already harvested by our industrious kids. These will be located in the farm store refrigerator along with our home-grown eggs.

For Volunteers: Contact us at if you are interested in volunteering at the farm. You don't need to have any particular skills, we are happy to guide you and teach you. If you have knowledge or skills that you would like to teach to others, please let us know that as well! Our community members have so much that we can teach each other, we would like to provide an environment in which we can share that knowledge. Let us know a little about what you are interested in by filling in our volunteer form.

That's all for now!


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